Dipper on a Waterfall
Dipper on a Waterfall. I followed the daily life of this particular dipper for several weeks until he got used to my presence. It’s always such a pleasure to earn the trust of a wild animal and allows the opportunity for images that wouldn’t be possible with a brief visit. Here I used a slow shutter speed of 1/20 second to show show motion in the water. With images like this it’s a case of taking a large number of photos and finding the sharpest one, as any slight movement from the subject and the image can be ruined.
Dipping Dipper, More About the Dipper:
Dippers, named after the way they dip up and down when perched, have evolved an incredible fishing technique allowing them to hunt underwater. Submerging themselves they can walk along the bottom of fast flowing rivers and streams using their outstretched wings to stabilise themselves against the strong currents. This unique ability makes it possible for them to hunt insects and small fish underwater for up to 30 seconds!
Although the dipper isn’t the most striking bird, taken out of context they could easily be mistaken as a garden bird, they are incredibly charismatic seen bobbing up and down the fast flowing rivers of the Derbyshire Dales.
Find more about the dipper here.
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